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Old 07-06-2011, 12:02 PM   #1
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I've looked on the site and can't find anything. What's the best way to get rid of water spots after a wash and dry??
Damp towel??
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Re: water spots

some detailer like meguiars (red bottle) but the key would be to keep them off the car to begin with by using a filtered water system, doing it in the shade, and when you dry it go back behind your self and use the detailer.
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some detailer like meguiars (red bottle) but the key would be to keep them off the car to begin with by using a filtered water system, doing it in the shade, and when you dry it go back behind your self and use the detailer.
Ok I quick washed it. Car wash cause I had a coupon lol, then went back and made sure a got all the old wax off so when I dried it, it spotted like crazy
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Re: water spots

some areas have worse hard water than others, you can buy or make your own filter (on this forum there is a how to as well) that helps.
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If you are gonna run it through a car wash bring the supplies you need to dry it off with and stay in the bay when drying. I wouldn't even use a automatic car wash because you are just asking for water spots on the drive home.I wait till the sun goes down and it's a little cooler. If you can wash it in the shade and use the sheeting method when drying it won't get any water spots at all. Are you familiar with the sheeting method when rinsing?
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If you are gonna run it through a car wash bring the supplies you need to dry it off with and stay in the bay when drying. I wouldn't even use a automatic car wash because you are just asking for water spots on the drive home.I wait till the sun goes down and it's a little cooler. If you can wash it in the shade and use the sheeting method when drying it won't get any water spots at all. Are you familiar with the sheeting method when rinsing?
No. But I got no water spots except on the windshield. But that's easy to get off
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auto car washes are just asking for paint issues
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When you wash the car at home and get ready to rinse the soap off take off the nozzle so that the water runs out like from a faucet. You don't want alot of pressure because it will splash and make water beads. Hold the hose close to the car and just let the water run off or "sheet" you will see what I'm talking about when you try this. The water will just run the soap off in sheets of water and will leave very little to dry which makes the drying process alot faster and easier.If you have anything left over just hit it with a little instant detailer.
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^^ but as soon as you drive it BAM water everywhere from all the cracks thats what sucks.....
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^^ but as soon as you drive it BAM water everywhere from all the cracks thats what sucks.....
Yes,that is lame. Either wait till it dries from the heat which could be overnight or bust out the air compressor and hit the cracks.
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When you wash the car at home and get ready to rinse the soap off take off the nozzle so that the water runs out like from a faucet. You don't want alot of pressure because it will splash and make water beads. Hold the hose close to the car and just let the water run off or "sheet" you will see what I'm talking about when you try this. The water will just run the soap off in sheets of water and will leave very little to dry which makes the drying process alot faster and easier.If you have anything left over just hit it with a little instant detailer.
Thanks. I like this idea. I wash very often cause I have to re-wax like twice a month because I got my paint done by MAACO and no clearcoat. So to protect the paint I keep it waxed constantly
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Maaco does such a fine job NOT
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Strip everything off (i.e. wax, polish etc.) then clay bar, wash, polish, wax...it will make you gasp for air...
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It wasn't bad at all. There's some spots that weren't done well but on my budget it's all I could afford and I'm happy with it. Check my garage
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I hate water spots!!! Nothing makes me want to wash my car again like them lol! Shady cool temps and a towel! That's the key!
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Re: water spots

Water spots can ruin your day after spending an hour washing your car.
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I hate water spots!!! Nothing makes me want to wash my car again like them lol! Shady cool temps and a towel! That's the key!
Never ever use a towel on the car. Worst thing you could ever do,you will end up with a ton of micro marring scratches. Use a chamois or microfiber drying towel.
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Never ever use a towel on the car. Worst thing you could ever do,you will end up with a ton of micro marring scratches. Use a chamois or microfiber drying towel.
Better yet use a leaf blower...a clean one I might add.

Works really well for removing the water and there's very little streaking if any from leftover water.

If you do use some type of "towel", I agree, a chamois or microfiber is the best bet...just remember, if you drop the damn thing on the ground, get a new one! Don't try to brush it off or soak it and expect 100% of the contaminants to be gone. You'll do more damage with a slightly dirty towel than you know.
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Here is a good thread on water spots: How to make a filtered carwash setup!
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ive got to get in gear and make that setup^^
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The magic word in drying a car after wash and rinse chamois . And wring it out as necessary.
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I think the best way of getting rid of water spots is just make sure the cars paint can't get water spots. Put a respectable sealant on the car from the beginning followed by a nice carnuba wax. The water will just bead off and no water spots.

The sealant will typically give someone a full years protection.
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